4.8 out of 5 - Excellent
4.9 Quality of care and staff
4.9 Facilities and cleanliness
4.6 Value for money
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Reflections Nursery & Forest School in Worthing was judged 'Outstanding' by Ofsted at the last three inspections in 2010, 2013 and 2014. The nursery won UK Nursery of the Year in 2009/10 (the only time we've entered the competition); judge, Wendy Scott said this about the nursery...
"Children have genuine choices and a lot of scope for exploration and expression in an engaging, beautiful and well-cared-for environment. Staff take children's ideas seriously, giving them plenty of time. Reflections is an exciting place to be in relation to the physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual well-being of children and adults."
Wendy Scott - Former adviser to the Department for Education & Skills
Our nursery is two buldings next door to each other, one Regency and one gothic, both on three floors with loads of space, lots of light and huge gardens. We work hard on making the nursery environment inspiring by offering open-ended, natural and reclaimed resources for the children so they can add their imaginations and creativity.
Staff at Reflections make a point of listening to children's theories and giving them the opportunity to test their hypotheses because we believe that's the way they learn.
We would like to invite you to visit the nursery and see our approach for yourself.
54 Richmond Road
01903 208208 Ext 224
Services offered by Reflections Nursery
- Ateliers (or studios) for creative work
- Large garden with greenhouse & edible garden
- Full-time Artists working with children
- Forest School Programme 44 weeks a year
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Our son attended Reflections from 10 months of age until school. He was always well cared for and extremely well managed despite his multiple allergies. He thoroughly enjoyed his time there, his imagination was actively encouraged, enabling exploration of new ideas and themes. The outside space at Reflections is smazing and the aetilier work there is so creative, He also attended forest school in his last year at the nursery which really improved his physical, adventerous and leadership skills, he absolutely loved it!
We knew how much he enjoyed his time there because he was aways so proud to show us sround 'his nursery'. We couldnt have asked for a better start in life for him, or a better preparation for school.
Reviewed by Zoe Moyse on Sep 29 2015
It must be the one of the best nurseries in the...
I am so pleased to have discovered Reflections. If you are looking for a truly progressive, inspiring and nurturing place for you little one this it it. They really care for the uniqueness of each child and are so committed to their learning and individual interests. My daughter was so excited & inspired by the activities and projects that went on - and I have to say I was too! You know its an awesome place when you (the mum) would LOVE to spend all day every day there.
Reviewed by Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer on Sep 29 2015
Fantastic nursery who have given us many happy...
Our daughter started at 14 months until starting school. She was full time, 5 days a week from age 2. She (and we) enjoyed her time there hugely.
So many good things make up the positive experience Reflections offers:
- Communication to parents is fantastic, and the staff at all levels have been fun, engaging and inspiring.
- Forest School is amazing, and adds so much to the package. Almost a separate subject in itself.
- The garden is a huge bonus and they grow a lot of vegetables and really get a chance to be involved.
- Their use of artwork and materials is excellent - barely any 'preschool toys' are on offer - all much more about using your imagination to create your own toy or game from something else. Teamwork and negotiation is encouraged.
- Mealtimes are very well handled and manners are excellent. All food is homemade, very high quality and varied - something which was very important to us when we were looking for a nursery. She had all 3 meals a day there often and we never worried about a thing.
- The most unique thing though is how good they are at letting the children develop their own interests - and seeing them as individuals. They really allow them to follow their own paths - often Josie has been working on something for a fair period of time (weeks to even months) and when i asked if this is part of a specific project everyone is doing I find out it is just something she wanted to do and time is being found for her to concentrate on it - in her own way - with guidance as needed; despite having an entire group of children to entertain. There are lots of examples of this with other children too - and it has become particularly prevalent in the later years - as the children become so much more independent. It is fascinating to watch - and the other children also seem to learn from each other - sometimes meaning a 'craze' kicks off where everyone decides they want to create their own version of whatever it is.
Our 2nd baby will be starting at 7 months!
Reviewed by Jennifer Hamilton on Sep 28 2015
Brilliant! So much fun and very educational
My two daughters started Reflections from babies and stayed right up till they started primary school. They both loved it and still go on about it even now they're 7 & 5. The staff are caring and lovely but can be strict when required. My youngest had speech issues and I fould the nursery very helpful. They knew who to contact at the "first team" to get her the individual care and help she needed. They discussed everything with me and helped me though the process for which I am eternally grateful. Both my girls found the Forrest school very exciting and I always enjoyed picking them up after a session in the woods. They always smelled of camp fires, were covered in mud and full of stories of their adventures. They now have a lot of fond memories of these mornings with their friends.
Having now started school I can now see that Reflections gave them all the tools they needed. In class they make new friends easily, listen, learn and join in. They also know the importance of being kind to others, wait their turn and are polite. When play time comes they come up with new ideas and can let go and have loads of fun. Thanks Reflections!
Reviewed by Alex Lawson on Sep 28 2015
Both my children loved Reflections
My daughter went to Reflections for 2 years and my son for 3. Reflections increased their confidence both socially and physically. The food is excellent and varied. The care is brilliant, the kids are really well looked after with enthusatistic and very caring staff. My son has only just left for school and he is missing the nursery very much, especially the wonderful garden
Reviewed by Anonymous on Sep 28 2015
Fantastic nursery with excellent facilities
We've used Reflections for all 3 of our children and they have had a fantastic time there. The staff are warm and enthusiastic, and the grounds and facilities are excellent. Forest School is a brilliant innovation which the children adore. The hours from 7.30 till 6.30 are also a godsend for working parents. I would thoroughly recommend this nursery.
Reviewed by Anonymous on Sep 28 2015
An outstanding nursery
Both of my Children had a wonderful time at Reflections. The staff are very friendly and knowledgable, the food provided is excellent and very varied and Forest School has made an enormous difference in their physical confidence.
Reflections is expensive compared to some other nurseries, but the attention to detail and level of care provided makes it well worth it and I would recommend Reflections to anybody.
Reviewed by Chris Parkin on Sep 28 2015
Innovative and Genuine Care Setting
Having had two children in Reflections our experience has always been positive. The team are great at communicating and you really feel you are joint caring. from weaning to toilet training to learning preschool skills, all the reflections team are consistent and respectful of individual wishes. The spaces inside and outside are stimulating and engaging. Hand on heart it's been the best start for my 2 children who are now both enjoying and engaging well at school. Thank you Reflections...
Reviewed by Jess Estcourt on Sep 24 2014
Truly a Great Nursery
My daughter was at Reflections from the age of 5 months to 4 and a half years. She loved the indoor space, freedom to express what she would like to do during the day. Plenty of outside activities. My daughter also went on the Forest School trips for a year and loved the outdoors and the exploring. The food was always of a good quality and it varied. The staff give you feedback each time you pick your child up so you are always aware of how they are and what they have been doing. This nursery is worth every penny.
Reviewed by Philippa Palmer on Sep 18 2014
Excellent and inventive nursery
The best nursery we saw by far and provided excellent care and support for my daughter. The forest school was wonderful and created a love of nature and adventure. Staff delivered personalised support and each nursery worker was superb in their work. The communication from the nursery was effective, timely, and friendly.
Reviewed by Daniel Parsonage on Sep 16 2014
Quite Simply the best
My daughter attended Reflections from age 15 months through to 4.3 years of age. It was quite simply the best start we could provide her in life - every element of her care was simply amazing.
The project based environment where the kids lead the learning is one of the keys to the success of the nursery. The kids are engaged and involved in what they are doing which creates a natural curiosity. The resources are amazing yet I can't remember seeing anything Fischer Price or such there. It's all stuff that can be used to drive the childrens creativity and imagination.
The staff are well trained, interested in what they are doing and good at it. The children bond with the adults and there is a climate of joint experiences with the adults as excited about the kids development as they or the parents are. I did not meet one staff member who did not impress me. The incredibly high standards are maintained by the room leaders and Yvonne Barr.
The food provided to the kids is prepared on the premises and is a high quality. It is also plentiful with regular opportunities throughout the day for the children to eat. They will not go hungry!
Another key opportunity offered to the kids is Forest School. I can't recommend this highly enough - the kids develop social and teamwork skills and well as getting a couple of hours a week to run around in a privately rented wood. Their confidence grows as does their ability to manage risky play.
I am trying to think of a downside to sending your kid there but I can't. It really is that good. You might look around and see that it costs a bit more than other local nurseries but for me, the opportunity to have my child at one of the best nurseries in the country put pay to any reservations I had.
Outstanding nursery and recommended without reservation.
Reviewed by Anonymous on Sep 16 2014
Cannot rate highly enough - absolutely excellent
My daughter attended Reflections for three years; she has just started Reception. I cannot say enough about how wonderful this nursery is. First, the staff and practitioners genuinely care about the children. They are constantly seeking ways to improve, and to stimulate the children. The project-based work is great for the children, as they can explore a range of things associated with a topic, rather then being introduced briefly. The materials used in the nursery are natural, meaning the children really use their imaginations and cooperate to play and create. The children are given the opportunity to explore and learn about what their own interests. Forest School gives them the opportunity and freedom to explore nature. Reflections' philosophy has given my child a strong sense of independence, curiosity, and confidence. The food is amazing, and my child loved the vegetable garden, which I think has helped her eat her veg! When we started there in September 2011, we didn't find the cost significantly higher than other nurseries, when food and nappies were factored in - I'm not sure if this is still true. I couldn't have asked for a better nursery for my kid, and we are very sad to have graduated.
Reviewed by Anonymous on Sep 16 2014
A Fantastic Nursery
My daughter Darcey attended the nursery for just over 3 years and I can't praise the staff at Reflections enough. They all have a passion for their job which shines through in the care they provide. Forest school is a wonderful experience and increased Darcey's confidence in preparation for big girl school. I would without hesitation recommend Reflections
Reviewed by Anonymous on Sep 10 2014
An excellent nursery, can't recommend it highly...
Both my children have attended Reflections, and loved it. The setting is ideal, with such a wonderful outside area and the staff are amazing. My children are quite different and I felt confident that their needs were being met and my expectations exceeded. The staff worked hard to ensure that the children were well looked after, and explored a range of topics to encourage learning in so many different areas. My youngest attended Forest School, which is without doubt one of the greatest experiences we could hope for him to enjoy every week - he is off to school in September and is still asking me when he will be going to Forest School again! I fear that after such a wealth of 'outdoor' learning, school will seem quite hemmed in. Both my children were sad to leave, as was I. I can't recommend Reflections highly enough.
Reviewed by Lucy Robinson on Sep 06 2014
Outstanding care from genuine carers.
My son started attending Reflections when he was just 2. He didn't want to leave mummy and daddy at first but the staff there were excellent and paid him special attention in the mornings when we arrived to help him settle, which happened very quickly. He has just left to go to first school, so has been through most of the stages at reflections, and I have been overwhelmed with how much care and attention to detail the staff have for each and every child.
My son was initially a fussy eater, but it was no problem for them to cater for this and he had an alternative that we knew he would like, on the occasion the menu was something that he didn't. After a while, they asked if we would like them to start to introduce him again to the foods and see if he would eat them, but have his alternative ready as a standby in case he didn't eat it. Now he is eating everything that he wouldn't eat before and mealtimes are so much easier.
The support that they give the parents whilst toilet training and in all aspects of learning is outstanding. They worked closely with us when we had specific activities that we wanted our son to develop and they have helped our son develop into the wonderful little boy that is starting 'big school' next week!
I can't praise Reflections enough for everything they do and the exceptionally high standard to which they do it.
Reviewed by David Runacres on Sep 01 2014
Our son Adam has just left Reflections after three happy years there. The staff are excellent and the nursery is constantly evolving, with room layouts changed to match the children's interests. Forest school is an amazing experience and the weekly photo diaries sent to the parents let you see which tree your child has mastered this week. The nursery building and grounds are huge and well kept. As the price includes three meals a day, two snacks and all nappies, creams etc, we consider it to be great value for money, particularly given the quality of food prepared fresh daily by the onsite chefs. We can't recommend Reflections highly enough ... and often do!
Reviewed by Lisa Kerr on Sep 01 2014
A very forward-thinking Nursery
Our son Joshie very much enjoyed his years at Reflections, and especially Forest School. Apart from giving him the chance to socialise with his peers, he learnt a great deal, and developed into a very well rounded, inquisitive boy. Excellent preparation for his early school years and the future.
We would definitely recommend Reflections to anybody.
Reviewed by Jeff Talbot on Oct 09 2013
Our daughter went to Reflections for 2 years and only left because we moved away. She started at 9 months old in the baby room and I would say she enjoyed every minute of it. The staff throughout the nursery are brilliant and I always felt comfortable to leave our daughter there. They have got a great outdoor area which the children love and most important the practitioners seem to actually care!!! Very important to us. I would not hesitate to recommend this nursery to anyone.
Reviewed by Sandra Haufe on Oct 04 2013
Reflections, An Excellent Nursery
Both my son (now 7yrs) and daughter (5yrs) attended reflections part time from the age of about 11 months. During this time, I have seen the nursery continually improve facilities and opportunities for the children to develop and learn. Their Garden is amazing and both my children really enjoyed forest school. The staff are incredibly friendly, taking the time to get to know the children and really listening to them. From my experience, I would not hesitate to recommend Reflections Nursery. Both my children have left confident and settled very quickly into school.
Reviewed by Becky Thomas on Sep 18 2013
I really recommend this nursery
My son started at Reflections at 10 months old and has just left there aged 4 for school. He has skipped straight into school without a backward glance which is a testament to the confidence he has gained at Reflections. I choose this nursery because I liked the fact that there was no separate room that the babies slept in they all stayed in the same room where they played. It was very open which felt safer to me than some nurseries that had small dark rooms where the babies slept in on their own. I also liked that there were baskets everywhere with things like pine cones and everyday objects to stimulate them and their imagination. They have different rooms set up for different activities like a sand room, dressing up room, art room where when he joined they were making perfume! The garden also is amazing. They grow their own vegetables and play outside rain or shine. He even made chutney one day! Even the babies go outside which is so important I think.
I also recommend Forest School which is a chance for the children to go to the woods to learn and play. It broke up the full day my son was there nicely and he loved it.
The staff are friendly and I always felt relaxed they were looking after him. The couple of times he was unwell they phoned me immediately and I know he was safe. He loved going which I think says it all. I now have another son which I will be sending there soon as well.
Reviewed by Shelley-Ann Flanagan on Sep 11 2013
My son has recently left Reflections to attend school having been there since he was 10 months old. I cannot praise the staff enough for the care they have shown him and he has adored them in return. The activities on offer have been wonderful and the garden is a great space for children with a lot of opportunity for fresh air and exercise. Forest School is excellent and my son grew in confidence from his weekly trips to the woods.
I would highly recommend Reflections to others, they are constantly striving to improve the experience of the children who attend and I am confident that they will continue to do so in years to come. My son was very sorry to leave.
Reviewed by Jenny Knight on Sep 08 2013
Both of my children went to reflections, they were always well cared for and well fed ! What makes reflections special is that the setting is creative And imaginative , the garden was where both my kids were always found. It is more expensive than other nurseries but it is apparent why this is when you view it. I have no complaints .
Reviewed by Anonymous on Sep 07 2013
This nursery is definately the best in the area. Our daughter attended here for 3 1/2 years and loved it. She has only recently left to start school.
I found the staff to be very helpful. It was amazing to watch our little girl grow and develop those vital social skills by interacting with with lots of other children. The outdoor garden space is just fantastic and so much has been added to this area since our little girl started.
I would definately recommend this nursery :-)
Reviewed by Anonymous on Sep 06 2013
An inspiring nursery
Amelie enjoyed Reflections from the day she started until her last day when she left for 'big school'. She has become a confident, sociable, curious, creative little human being and that's exactly what we hoped for her to be prepared for the next step. The garden and building is AMAZING and inspiring, she loved being outdoors there. She loved all the staff and they were always very easy to talk to. A big thumbs up from us!
Reviewed by Kary Fisher on Sep 05 2013
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